The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is uniquely positioned to leverage the vast knowledge and capabilities in Atlanta through collaborative relationships with Emory University School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Working together, we continuously seek cures for the most challenging childhood oncologic and hematologic conditions.
As one of the most active institutions in the country in terms of pediatric clinical trial enrollment, Children’s offers patients access to more than 400 clinical studies, including some of the most novel diagnostic and treatment options in the country, through our clinical research program. Our physicians participate—and often hold leadership roles—in all of the major national collaborative research consortia geared toward the early clinical development of promising therapies for cancer and blood disorders, including:
- Children’s Oncology Group (COG), including the Phase 1/Pilot Consortium (one of 21 centers nationwide)
- New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT)
- Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL)
- Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC)
- Sickle Cell Clinical Research Network through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Excellence in Hemoglobinopathies Award Program through the NIH
- Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
- Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium (PBTC) (one of 11 centers nationwide)
Our goal is to provide an open clinical trial for every child we treat, making innovative care accessible to our patients who need it most. We also serve as a referral center for patients from across Georgia and throughout the U.S. who might not otherwise have access to Phase 1 and 2 trials.
Cancer and Blood Disorders Research Video
Research Rock Star: Tobey J. MacDonald, MD
Dr. Tobey MacDonald launched his clinical trial to test a new therapy with a dual-acting STAT3 inhibitor to help slow brain tumor growth and enable a path to recovery.
Children’s doctors develop app to detect anemia via smartphone
Biomedical engineers Wilbur Lam, MD, and Rob Mannino, MD, have developed a smartphone app that uses photos of a patient’s fingernails to determine blood hemoglobin levels.
Leading the fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders
In 2020, the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center took assertive and significant strides toward changing the future of pediatric cancer and blood disorders treatment.
Cancer and Blood Disorders Research News
Cancer Research Shows Impact of Precision Medicine
A recent study shows 85% of kids with refractory cancer are likely to receive more precise clinical care with genetic testing.
Abatacept Now FDA-Approved for Children Undergoing Unrelated Donor BMT
Tested and now available at Children’s, abatacept may lessen racial disparities.
FDA Approves Sickle-Slowing Drug
Tested at Children’s, a new drug targeting the underlying cause of sickle cell disease was recently approved by the FDA for patients ages 4 and older.
"The Atlanta Protocol" Expands to International Trial
Children’s will lead the multi-site study for North America, following 12 patients with hemophilia A for up to five years.
Cancer Predisposition Research Gets Grant
A multicenter research collaboration led by Christopher Porter, MD, garnered a $400,000 grant to help improve care for children at high risk for cancer.READ MORE
Children’s receives $20 million from Peach Bowl, Inc. to fight childhood cancer.
The overall goal of this generous Peach Bowl LegACy Fund is to help ensure that high-priority new treatment options can be tested, eventually leading to additional treatment options for our children.READ MORE
Emory School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics tops 2020 rankings for NIH funding
Emory’s Department of Pediatrics ranked No. 1 for federal research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2020. Our partnership with Emory facilitates the leading-edge pediatric research, training and innovation that can lead to better outcomes.READ MORE